Cronin tops Game Show net

Ratings-challenged cabler finds new prexy

Former Fox Family Channel and Nick at Nite topper Rich Cronin is in final negotiations to take over as prexy of the Sony/Liberty’s Game Show Network. Michael Fleming, who had run the net since its inception six years ago, is expected to ankle his post.

Despite strong backing from Sony and a rich library of quizzers, Game Show Network has yet to take off in the ratings. It’s currently seen in roughly 35 million homes.

Cronin abruptly left Fox Family last May after a two-year run at the cabler. He had been brought in to relaunch the former Family Channel as a new net geared toward kids and teens.

Before moving to Fox Family in 1998, Cronin spent 14 years at MTV Networks, working in various sales and marketing posts and ultimately rising to the level of GM of Nick at Nite and the founding prexy of spinoff cabler TV Land.

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